CLYDE Mondilla fired a bogey-free six-under 65 on Wednesday to set the pace in the ICTSI Riviera Classic of the PGT Asia Tour in Silang, Cavite.
Ira Alido also went bogey free and stood two strokes off.
Jerson Balasabas holed out with a birdie on No. 9 and carded a 69 in soggy condition at the par-71 layout which has barely recovered from the wrath of Typhoon Maring.
Rufino Bayron hit five birdies but had two bogeys and a double-bogey with lift clean and place in play for a 70 for joint fifth with Erwin Arcillas, former club pro Marvin Dumandan, Omar Dungca and Korean amateur and club bet Tom Kim.
Jay Bayron, who nipped Mondilla in a playoff to win here in last year’s Philippine Golf Tour’s Riviera Classic, bucked a double-bogey mishap on No. 5 but missed joining the one-under par group with a bogey on the last hole. He settled for a 71 for joint 10th with James Bowen of the US, Jobim Carlos, Colombia’s Jaime Clavijo, James Ryan Lam and Arnold Villacencio.
Tony Lascuña hit three bogeys against two birdies for a 72 and a share of 16th with Aussie DJ Loypur, Rey Pagunsan, Elmer Salvador, Elki Kow of Indonesia and Thai Nathanon Varapornkittirat.
“I know I can win this tournament. I’m confident since I know there are par-4 holes that I can attack,” said Mondilla, back-to-back PGT winner at Southwoods and Villamor.
Alido hit three straight birdies from No. 10 then added another on No. 14.
“I think I got some edge since this is my home course. But I would still go for safety shots especially in the presence of the wind,” said Alido, who placed joint 16th at Splendido.
Rene Menor, winner at Splendido, failed to get going despite three birdies as he fumbled with three bogeys and a double-bogey for a share of 23rd with 73.